Cuban Botanists Rescuing Orchids
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- 02 / 06 / 2009
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike destroyed some 14 wild orchid varieties and others, although the main collection of the garden resisted those storms.
Soroa's Orchid Garden scientist Jorge Lazaro Bocourt stated that the in vitro reproduction of those typical plants from Pinar del Rio is another strategy to return them to their natural habitat.
Shade providing structures protect them from the sun and the inclemency of the weather.
Soroa is 47 miles west of Havana, and has a valuable representation of the orchid family, made up of some 25,000 species worldwide.